Tampa Bay Lightning at Nashville Predators Betting Preview
The Nashville Predators host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night in a matchup of two playoff hopefuls. Both of these teams are in the Central Division this season after the league has made some adjustments.
Tampa Bay is the defending Stanley Cup champions, and they are off to a great start in 2021. The Lightning currently sit atop the Central Division with 15 points, and they have now won four straight games.
Nashville has lost three of their last four games, and they have managed to record just 10 points this season. The Predators still have time to turn their season around, but they need to find a way to pick up some victories.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are -159 in this matchup with Nashville on Monday night.
Lightning Can Really Score
The Tampa Bay Lightning are currently averaging 3.56 goals per game, and there are weapons up and down that lineup. Tampa Bay has struggled a bit on the power play this season, but they have been able to generate scoring chances when the game is 5 on 5.
Center Steven Stamkos leads the Lightning with 10 points this season, but he is just one of several offensive stars on this roster. Brayden Point has racked up four goals, and Victor Hedman leads the team with seven assists.
Tampa Bay has also been great at limiting chances for their opponents, and they are giving up just 2.0 goals against per game. This Lightning team has all the pieces to make another deep run through the postseason.
Predators Struggling on Special Teams
If the Nashville Predators are going to turn their season around, then they must find a way to play better on special teams. Nashville is converting just 12 percent of their chances on the power play and have killed off just 70 percent of their own penalties.
Nashville is scoring just 2.31 goals per game, and they also need to find a way to generate more scoring chances. Filip Forsberg leads the team with five goals and six assists, but he will need some help in this game.
Goaltenders Juuse Saros and Pekka Rinne have combined to stop nearly 91 percent of shots faced this season, and whichever goalie is in the net on Monday night will be facing a real challenge.
Nashville Pulls Off Upset
The Tampa Bay Lightning are one of the best teams in the NHL again this season, and that offense has been tough to slow down. Nashville has done a great job of keeping games tight all season long, and they will use that same strategy in this matchup.
It will take some offense for the Predators to pull off this slight upset, and they should get a goal on the power-play in this game. There will not be much separation throughout this entire game, but it will be Nashville that gets the game-deciding goal late.
Bet the Nashville Predators over the Tampa Bay Lightning in this NHL showdown on Monday night.
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